Creative ArtsSo you think you can't "do" art? Well, that's our cue. At MSS, art is for everyone. The Creative Arts program encourages artistic expression at every level of ability. In fact, when you visit any of our centers, you'll see that each location displays a wide variety of creations completed by MSS artists. We make sure that everyone has plenty of exposure to an ever-growing list of artistic endeavors.
Expanding worlds, discovering gifts
MSS offers opportunities to create art through various media options, creative adaptive equipment, nontraditional tools, dedicated spaces and enthusiastic encouragement from MSS art facilitators. Our Creative Arts programming has earned a reputation as the flagship of facilitated arts programs in the region.
We offer the visual arts: print making, painting, drawing, mosaics, watercolors, photography, weaving, textiles, paper-making, ceramics and woodworking. Then, there are the digital arts: music and sound recordings, video production and digital photography. In addition, we often partner with arts organizations to enhance our art programming. Previous partner projects have included dance workshops with Kairos Alive, puppetry, music composition with composer Chris Coyle, theater and storytelling with Upstream Arts, and creative writing. We even made a feature film in 2015 through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board- see below for more information.
And now MSS artists have the opportunity to participate in exhibitions at The Show Gallery Lowertown. Artists are also given the option to take classes at the gallery, which are taught by practicing artists, free of charge.
For more information, please contact Lauren Hughes at 651-454-9010 or email@example.com.
In 2015, we made our first feature film called Sleeping Between Worlds. Writers and storytellers from each MSS location worked with local playwrights to create the screenplays for seven short films based on the theme of dreams. The stories range from memoirs and lifelong dreams to nightmares and alternate realities. Over the summer we created sets, costumes, and filmed all seven shorts as well as creating some experimental vignettes. In addition to the filming, participants worked with a local composer to create the musical themes for the film. In December 2015 we held our movie premiere at Metro State University.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota States Art Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
MSS Creative Arts programming offers everyone the opportunity to design, build, record, weave, bead, sing, compose and much, much more. Our media list is always growing. Most of all, Creative Arts gives people a chance to use talent and discover gifts. The results, both tangible and intangible, are priceless.